Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher about using racist language

Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher about using racist language

It's been a week since Bill Maher pulled widespread condemnation down on his head during a live taping of his HBO show Real Time, using a racial slur in the middle of a conversation with Republican senator Ben Sasse.

This week, Bill Maher faced a tidal wave of criticism for his usage of a racial slur during a recent episode of Real Time.

Dyson then set the context for Maher's words, explaining that "black people said, it's not as if black people in the house were any better off than the people in the field, both of them were subject to slave, dominance, hegemony, hatred and the like, as a result of that, people think that's insensitive".

I accept your apology, but I think we need to get to the root of the psyche. "But I said no, apologies are sometimes appropriate ... this is appropriate".

"My Bible tells me that to whom much is given", Dyson said, "much is expected". "I like you. But I think this is a teachable moment, not just to you but to the people who are watching right now". Maher repeatedly expressed regret, saying it was an off-the-cuff comment.

The NWA founding member reaffirmed earlier in the week that he'd be appearing on the show despite Maher's remarks, promising that he wouldn't back down. "You know, you've got a lot of black jokes".

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That said, Ice Cube, who served as the de facto leader of hip-hop group N.W.A. during the 80's, gave Bill Maher a piece of his mind over the host's liberal use of the N-word. "But the coolest and most honorable white boys are the ones that choose not to act on that pass because they understand the history, pain and insensitivity behind the use of the n-word".

Upon joining the panel, Ice Cube cracked to Maher, "I knew you were gonna f-k up sooner or later", before dinging a visibly rattled Maher for continually "bucking up against that line" with his "black jokes". "And you can't have it back".

"I wanted you to come by here because".

As Cube explains, it's a word that has been used as a weapon in the past, saying "It's like a knife" and it can't be allowed to be used like that again. "Michael Eric Dyson will be here shortly to take me to the woodshed". You can use it as a weapon, or you can use it as a tool.

He also made it clear that he knew the use of the horrific slur was "wrong", but a "mistake" made on his part.

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